Saturday, February 26, 2011

My First Race

My first racing experience was not with a touring car, but with an oval Legends car. This race class is designed to be the economical class. I decided I would try this class before spending a considerable amount on something that I might not even be into. I found a used Bolink Legend chassis for sale on and quickly purchased the rest of the equipment I would need (Tamiya 540-J silver can motor, Tekin FX ESC, an SMC 1S LiPo battery, foam spec tires, a transponder, and a reciever for a radio I already had from my T-Maxx). I headed to the track excited about racing that day. I still had to mount all the electronics on the chassis. After sitting at the pit box for a little, clueless about where to put everything on my car, a couple regulars came over to chip in with advice, and they even gave me some supplies to help me out. I quickly learned that sharing, borrowing, and bartering are commonplace in the RC world. Everyone stashes old parts and hardware just in case they need them. So I got everything put together and the car was finally running... with just enough time to charge my battery before the first qualifying heat. I don't even know what I placed after the three qualifiers and the main, and frankly I didn't give a crap. I had a great time running that little car in circles, and trying my hardest not to roll over with my super grippy foam tires. The guys helped me out that day and showed me a couple tricks that would help me with car setup. I knew that one day, I would be competitive after I learned a few ins and outs. After all was said and done, I had a blast and met some great people.


Friday, February 25, 2011

My First Blog Post

This is a totally new experience for me... blogging... or even reading blogs for that matter. My wife, Stephanie, blogs all the time and I figured it would be a great way to pass the time when I'm bored.  I moved to eastern North Carolina two years ago and quickly found myself bored to death... probably because the Air Force sent me to Afghanistan less than four months after settling in. That was a "not so fun" experience. After returning home, I was once again bored... so for my birthday, I decided I needed a hobby to keep my sanity. My wife bought me a Traxxas T-Maxx from a quiet little hobby shop (Glenn's Hobby Corner) and that's where my addiction begins.  After seeing the tracks at the facility Glenn had in Rosewood, NC, I was really curious.  There was an indoor carpet track (oval and touring), an outdoor asphalt touring track, and an outdoor asphalt oval course.  I wanted to see what went on here during race days and asked Glenn and some of the other local guys that hang out there when the races were held.  I came down the next Saturday and I was impressed. Glenn's shop was sponsoring a T.O.U.R. oval event.  The crowd was pretty big and the racing was fast.  The next week.... I witnessed some touring races and quickly bought my first touring car: a used Team Associated TC4.  I had no idea how caught up I would get.....